TBBW 2022 Event: Shakespeare on Tap at Independent Bar & Cafe Tampa

Tampa Bay Beer Week 2022 is in full swing and Independent Bar & Cafe Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) is covering the mid-week action with Shakespeare on Tap at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

If you are looking for something a little different to get into this Beer Week, the Independent is bringing a bit of culture and theater to shake up the usual mix of tap takeovers, beer dinners and festivals. Shakespeare on Tap will feature “talented local theater actors in a tipsy one-night only production of Shakespeare skits” with performances scheduled at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oh . . . and you best believe the Independent will have an amazing draft and bottle selection worthy of Tampa Bay Beer Week.

Shakespeare on Tap is free to attend (no cover) and is pay as you go when it comes to beer and food. So, break out those puffy pants and ruffle shirts, and raise a glass to The Bard at the Independent Tampa on Wednesday, March 9. Prost!


TBBW 2022 Event: Barleywine Night at Angry Chair Brewing

Angry Chair Brewing (6401 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) will kick off its week of Tampa Bay Beer Week 2022 events with a very special Barleywine Night beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.

To further prove that Barleywine is indeed LIFE, Angry Chair Brewing has compiled the following tap list of their own rare Barleywines along with a few special treats from their friends from around the country to feature on March 8:

Angry Chair Barleywines

  • Bourbon Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Double Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Stuffed Crust – Double Mash English-style Barleywine aged for 12 months in Bourbon Barrels (collab w/ American Solera)
  • Apple Brandy Vanilla Barrel-aged Dave’s Barleywine
  • Endless Roots Barrel-aged Barleywine with walnuts, coconut, raisins, & special spices

Guest Barleywines

  • Anabasis batch #4 from Side Project Brewing (Maplewood, Missouri)
  • Vanilla Almond Apple Brandy Circle Of Wolves from The Veil Brewing Co. (Richmond, Virginia)
  • David Humphreys’ Barleywine from Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
  • The K13 Barleywine aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels from Voodoo Brewery (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
  • Sunday ‘21 Barleywine rested in Bourbon Barrels for 30 months from Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Barleywine Night is NOT a ticketed event and is strictly pay as you go. With that said, the tap list will be adjusted during the event as kegs kick. All offerings listed are available only as long as supplies last, so make sure you get to Angry Chair early on Tuesday, March 8 to ensure that you have the best possible Barleywine experience. Prost!

Late Start & Angry Chair Brewing Collaborate on Barrel-aged LVN CLN

Late Start Brewing (Tampa Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Barrel-aged LVN CLN, an annual collaboration project with Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida), at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12.

Back to give Tampa Bay Beer Week 2021 some of that sweet collaboration action, Barrel-aged LVN CLN is an Imperial Sweet Stout brewed with honey and lactose, aged for 24 months in Bourbon barrels, and treated with marshmallows and freshly roasted pistachios. Barrel-aged LVN CLN comes in at 11% ABV.

Barrel-aged LVN CLN will release at Late Start Brewing (located within Pour House Tampa at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112 | Tampa, Florida) at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12. This Limited Release will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles ($30 each, no limit) for as long as supplies last. Barrel-aged LVN CLN is a brewery only release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel-aged LVN CLN from Late Start Brewing & Angry Chair Brewing

Release – Limited; March 12, 2021
Style – Imperial Sweet Stout
ABV – 11%
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels for 24 months with freshly roasted pistachio, and marshmallow added, brewed with honey and lactose
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Jug & Bottle Dept. & Hidden Springs Ale Works Collaborate on Jug Beer Session IPA

Jug & Bottle Dept. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Jug Beer, a special Tampa Bay Beer Week collaboration project with Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa Florida), on Tuesday, March 9.

Created to give everyone “a damn drinkable beer” they can enjoy all Tampa Bay Beer Week, Jug Beer is a Session India Pale Ale featuring Sabro, Strata and Citra hops. Coming in at 5.7% ABV, Jug Beer is “an ale that you can slam back anytime. An ale from the limescale waters of Tampa, Florida. A silver medal’r and a red ribbon winner.”

Jug Beer – available in 16 oz. cans – will drop at both Jug & Bottle Dept. (6203 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) and Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N Franklin St | Tampa, Florida) on Tuesday, March 9 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Jug Beer will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Jug Beer from Jug & Bottle Dept. & Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited; March 9, 2021
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.7%
Featured Hops – Sabro, Strata & Citra
Availability – 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Only available at Jug & Bottle Dept. & Hidden Springs Ale Works

Bay Cannon Beer Co. Welcomes Back Peter Hazy Pale Ale

Bay Cannon Beer Company (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Peter, a Hazy Pale Ale, will return for a limited time beginning on March 5.

Back just in time to kick off Tampa Bay Beer Week 2021, Peter is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale featuring Julius and Citra hops. Coming in at 5.5%, Peter is a “light Pale Ale, little juicy, little earthy, little bitter, just a great balanced hazy pale.”

Peter – available in 4-packs and single 16 oz. cans – will hit Bay Cannon’s taproom on March 5 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Peter is a brewery only release and is not expected to see distribution at this time. Prost!

Vital Information for Peter from Bay Cannon Beer Company

Release – Limited; March 5, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Featured Hops – Julius & Citra
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & single 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

EVENT CANCELLED – TBBW 2020 Event: Bangers & Berliners Eggs & Kegs Brunch at Late Start Brewing

**UPDATE 03.14.2020**  Due to rising concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), LOKO Cuisine has decided to cancel Bangers & Berliners and all Eggs & Kegs events until further notice.  Here is the full message from John LoScalzo, owner of LOKO Cuisine: 

After much thought and with a heavy heart, LOKO Cuisine has decided to cancel Eggs & Kegs indefinitely until further notice due to the rising risk factors associated with the Coronavirus. This decision is the right thing to do and it protects the LOKO family and our valued guests. LOKO events are very social and communal and it wouldn’t be the same with the concerns of this virus. Each guest will receive a full refund next week. We’ll keep you posted on future events and when we can eat, drink, and be merry together again.

Take care and be well,

John LoScalzo
Owner/Chef LOKO Cuisine

LokoLateStart_editedOn Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and Late Start Brewing (Tampa, Florida) will join forces at Pour House – Tampa (1208 E. Kennedy Suite 112 | Tampa, Florida) to properly close out Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 with a Bangers & Berliners edition of Eggs & Kegs.

Organized with the intention to ease you out of Tampa Bay Beer Week and ease you back into the reality of the fast approaching workweek, Bangers & Berliners is a hearty brunch capable of soaking up a week’s worth of over indulgence while still supplying a little hair of the dog in the form of low ABV Berliners and session beers.

Since food will definitely be a priority by the time Sunday rolls around, the centerpiece of this event is the following four-course English-influenced brunch (served self-serve-style) prepared by the crazy talented crew at LOKO Cuisine:


To ensure that you have plenty of pairing options for the meal above, Late Start Brewing will be pouring a vast array of Berliner Weisse-style beers, Session beers and other low ABV styles.  If you find yourself in need of something other than beer on Sunday morning, Ginger Beard Coffee’s location within Pour House – Tampa will be fully operational and serving up their full menu and two featured drinks – London Fog: a nitro Earl Grey tea with vanilla and macadamia nut milk; and Whiskey Nitro Coffee: brewed with whiskey rested coffee beans.

Tickets for Bangers & Berliners Eggs & Kegs are available now for $34.00 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one beer, wine, coffee, or tea. Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

It is well known that food should be a priority whenever you decide to partake in a beer or three.  In keeping with that way of thinking, it only makes sense that the only way to properly end a week of drinking the finest beers in Tampa Bay is to sit down to a decadent brunch like LOKO Cuisine’s Bangers & Berliners Eggs & Kegs at Late Start Brewing/Pour House – Tampa on Sunday, March 15.  Do the right thing and get yourself some tickets while you still have your chance.  Seriously, this event gives you the best possible chance at being somewhat functional when you inevitably face everything that comes along with a Monday following Tampa Bay Beer Week.  Prost!

TBBW 2020 Event: 8th Annual Hangover Day – Pi(e) Day at 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthSunLogoBoth7venth Sun Brewery (Tampa | Dunedin, Florida) has officially announced that it will put the cherry on top of Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 by hosting a Pi(e) Day-themed Hangover Day at both of the brewery’s locations on Saturday, March 14.

Returning for its 8th year to serve as the official unofficial follow-up event to Hunahpu’s Day and wrap party for Tampa Bay Beer Week, this year’s 7venth Sun Hangover Day is embracing the numerical value of its date (3.14) by featuring an extensive lineup of pi(e)-inspired beers “that will make you wish your granny knew her way around some grain, hops, yeast and maybe an adjunct or two.”  There are quite a few beers and some important details to go over when it comes to this event, so let’s jump right in and break it all down:

The Basics

What – Hangover Day 2020: Pi(e) Day
When – Noon to 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 14
Where – 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa |6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida AND 7venth Sun Brewery – Dunedin | 1012 E Broadway Ave | Dunedin, Florida

The Tap List 

7venth Sun is still in the process of compiling the exact tap lists for each location, but here is a sneak peek at some of the pie-inspired beers you can expect to see pouring at Hangover Day 2020 (all beers are 7venth Sun offerings unless otherwise noted):

  • Cherry Pie Eyes Berliner
  • Guava Key Lime Pie Berliner
  • Pumpkin Pusher Pie Berliner
  • Peach Cobbler Berliner
  • Strawberry Banana Cream Pie Berliner
  • Oreo Cookie Pie Stout
  • Butterfinger Pie Stout
  • Peanut Butter Jelly Pie Berliner
  • Moon Pie Imperial Stout
  • Raspberry Rhubarb Pie Imperial Saison
  • Mango Cream Pie Pale Ale
  • Public Love – Mango Key Lime Pie Berliner
  • Samoas Stout
  • Spiced Blueberry Pie Imperial Saison
  • Amora Blackberry Cobbler Berliner
  • Blueberry Pie from Brewski (Helsingborg, Sweden)
  • Strawberry Pie from Brewski (Helsingborg, Sweden)
  • Triple Berry Pie from Brewski (Helsingborg, Sweden)
  • Apple Pie Cider from Bolero Snort Brewery (Carlstadt, New Jersey)
Other Useful Info
  • Hangover Day is free to attend, and no tickets are required
  • This is a come-as-you-are, pay-as-you-go style event
  • Since “hangover” is literally in the name of this event, the vibe here is relaxed
  • It is highly recommended that you go to this event with the intention to hang out for a bit and pace yourself
  • Lines may get long at times, but there will be plenty of beer to go around.  Just hit up the water station and use that line time to catch up on some much-needed hydration

That should just about cover all the information currently available for Hangover Day 2020 – Pi(e) Day.  If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update this post just as soon as we get a hold of that info.

The Tampa Bay Beer Week experience just is not complete unless you and your crew roll out of bed and stumble into a 7venth Sun Brewery location to partake in Hangover Day.  Just set a reasonable alarm time on Saturday morning, put on some clothes that can pass as clean, maybe snag some breakfast at one of the many awesome spots in Seminole Heights or Dunedin, and hit up 7venth Sun for a relaxing day filled with pie-inspired brews. Prost!


TBBW 2020 Event: Triple Can Drop at Escape Brewing Company

EscapeLogo400sqBeginning on March 11, Escape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) will be celebrating Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 by having three straight days of can drops featuring three new beers: Strawberry Lemonade Sour, Poolside Chill Sour and Got Your Stash Hazy DIPA.

Recognizing that Tampa Bay Beer Week is always a great time to introduce a new beer or three, Escape Brewing Company will be taking care of their fans and anyone else who makes the trip up to the northern burbs by releasing 16 oz. cans of the following three Limited Release brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s social media posts): 

  • Wednesday, March 11 at 4 p.m. | Strawberry Lemonade Sour – A mouth puckering, eye watering taste of Florida. Enjoy being wrapped up in a smooth strawberry front-end before getting a love bite from the sour lemonade. If sunshine had a taste this would be it! We think our favorite superhero, Florida Man, would consider this his go-to beer.
  • Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m. | Poolside Chill Sour – A guava, lime & grapefruit Berliner Weisse with enough Florida attitude to make you say, “Hot dang!” Guava sweetly dances on your tongue but quickly switches to a feisty lime & grapefruit bite faster than the weather changes here! We recommend this sour for any day, rain or shine you’ll feel just like you’re by the pool while sipping this sour & sweet treat.
  • Friday, March 13 at Noon | Got Your Stash Hazy DIPA – A favorite in the taproom for a long time. We heard your cries for a revolution and rest assured we have delivered! This is our first canning of Stash and we are so happy to share this with everyone on the last day of TBBW. Talk about going out with a bang! This hazy DIPA will give you that great Nelson & Citra hop taste while mellowing out on the back end.

All three beers listed above will release in the Taproom at Escape Brewing Company (9945 Trinity Boulevard | Trinity, Florida) on their listed dates and times.  Each Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans as long as supplies last.

If you are in town partaking in all the Tampa Bay Beer Week festivities, be sure to build some time into your schedule to make a trip (or three) out to Trinity so that you can grab a 4-pack and raise a glass with the always awesome crew at Escape Brewing Company.  Prost!


TBBW 2020 Event: Week of Barrel-Aged Releases at Cigar City Brewing

https___www.cigarcitybrewing.com_wp-content_uploads_2019_03_Logo-1color-Pantone-CMYKCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate five long-time employees during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 with a week-long series of Limited Bottle Releases at its newly renovated Spruce Street Taproom.

To bring some much needed attention to an all-star lineup of “long-time Cigar City Brewing employees who have helped make [the] brewery and the Tampa Bay brewing community what it is today,” Cigar City Brewing will spend the majority of Tampa Bay Beer Week releasing “one extremely limited barrel-aged beer per day, brewed to honor” on of these “unsung heroes.”  The release schedule and bottle lineup is as follows:

  • Monday, March 9Brady Eaglin | Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale | ABV – 14.0% ABV
  • Tuesday, March 10Jay “The Welder” Lesher | Apple Brandy and Cherry Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Almonds | ABV – 13.5%
  • Wednesday, March 11Alex Espinosa | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Hazelnut, Maple and Vanilla | ABV – 13.4%
  • Thursday, March 12Mike LaDuke | Double Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale With Cinnamon – ABV – 15.5% 
  • Friday, March 13Ian Schmidt | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Vanilla Beans | ABV – 13.8% 

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend one (or all) of these bottle releases:

  • All releases will take place at Cigar City’s Spruce Street Taproom & Brewery (3924 W Spruce St. | Tampa, Florida)
  • Each beer will release at 11 a.m. on its scheduled day
  • Fewer than 400 bottles of each barrel-aged beer have been produced
  •  Bottles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and each release will be limited to 1 bottle per customer
  • Each 500mL bottle will cost $18.99

With each release only consisting of around 400 bottles, it is safe to assume that these barrel-aged brews will disappear quickly each day.  If you are excited about one (or several) of these releases, be sure to factor an 11 a.m. trip to Cigar City Brewing into your Tampa Bay Beer Week schedule on the respective release date(s) of the beer(s) that caught your attention.  Prost!



TBBW 2020 Event: Bottle Release of Empty Devils Collaboration from Hidden Springs Ale Works & Voodoo Brewery

HSAWVoodooTo properly set the Friday the 13th vibe during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020, Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a Limited Bottle Release for Empty Devils, a Double Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Voodoo Brewery (Meadville, Pennsylvania), at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

Surfacing from the depths of darkness to “take everything from you,” Empty Devils is an Imperial Stout aged in W.L. Weller and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels with “pounds of Ugandan vanilla beans and toasted coconut” added.

The Empty Devils bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13. Bottles will be $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • The Empty Devils bottle release will also double as a Tap Takeover with Voodoo BreweryVoodoo’s beers will be available when the doors open at 9 a.m. until they are gone
  • Full pours only during this event (no flights)
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St. (before the I-275 overpass), on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery and under the I-275 overpass. Hidden Springs Ale Works is not responsible for towed vehicles
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors and be sure that you pick up after yourself

Just about any bottle release at Hidden Springs Ale Works is a guaranteed sell out, but you can expect Empty Devils to be in even higher demand because hordes of stout lovers will be in town for Tampa Bay Beer Week. If you wish to get your hands on this infernal collaboration between Hidden Springs and Voodoo, make sure you hit that line early on Friday the 13th so that you make the cut on the final head count . . . and don’t forget to come thirsty because you need to hang around to enjoy some killer beers from Voodoo Brewery once you secure your bottle(s).  Prost!